Suspected Paris attack mastermind died in raid: Prosecutor

Abdelhamid Abaaoud reported dead: French prosecutor

The suspected mastermind of the attacks that killed 129 in Paris was among those killed in a police raid in a suburb of the French capital, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement Thursday.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian militant, who had boasted of mounting attacks in Europe for the Islamic State, was accused of orchestrating Friday's coordinated bombings and shootings in the French capital.

Police initially said he was in Syria, but their investigations led them to a house in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, and heavily armed officers stormed the building before dawn, triggering a massive firefight and multiple explosions.

Military police soldiers patrol the Brussels Airport on November 18, 2015 in Zaventem, eastern Brussels.
Belgian police raids in wake of Paris attack